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HCPS crowns Teacher of the Year, First-Year Teacher of the Year

From left to right: Leanne Ward, a first-grade teacher at Three Chopt Elementary School and...
From left to right: Leanne Ward, a first-grade teacher at Three Chopt Elementary School and Eric Byers, an earth science teacher at Highland Springs High School.(Henrico County Public Schools)
Published: May. 11, 2021 at 1:04 PM EDT
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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Two teachers in Henrico County were awarded the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award and the ‘First-Year Teacher of the Year’ award.

Eric Byers, an Earth Science teacher at Highland Springs High School, was awarded that honor Tuesday during a live stream event and surprise announcement at the school, along with a $1,000 check from Henrico Federal Credit Union.

Byers grew up in Chesterfield County and joined HCPS in 2013 as a teacher at Highland Springs.

Leeanne Ward, a first-grade teacher at Three Chopt Elementary School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year.

Ward, who grew up in Hanover County, was at a Three Chopt faculty watch party when she learned she had won. Before joining the school’s staff, she was a student-teacher at David Kaechele Elementary School, and also worked at a daycare facility and did volunteer work during college to prepare her for teaching.

A finalist for the division-wide honor is chosen from each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.

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